Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery

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  • England

Durham Distillery exterior with sign at dusk.

Name: Durham Distillery
Address: 31-31a, 31, 31a Prince Bishops, High St, Durham DH1 3UL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 191 329 3749
Website: https://durhamdistillery.co.uk/

 

About Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery is a craft spirits producer located in the historic city of Durham, close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The distillery was inspired by the Bourbon distilleries in the college towns of America’s East Coast and aimed to create high-quality spirits in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner. 

The founders of Durham Distillery set out to reflect the unique duality of County Durham, which is known for its mix of bishopric and university prestige alongside a working-class, industrial heritage. 

This blend of sophistication and industrial grit is captured in the distillery’s aesthetic, which features rich Palatine colors alongside materials like concrete and rusted steel.

The distillery sources its grain from neighboring Northumberland and North Yorkshire, and uses pure Durham spring water in its distillation process. 

The botanicals for their gin, including elderflower and juniper, are sourced from the surrounding Durham hills and dales.

The distillery’s commitment to local ingredients and real craft is a testament to their dedication to quality and provenance.

 

 

Awards Won by Durham Distillery

  • #1 Craft Gin Distillery in the U.S. – Awarded by USA Today, recognizing Durham Distillery as a leader in the craft gin industry.
  • Over 50 National and International Awards – A testament to the distillery’s excellence and global recognition.
  • Best in the U.S. for Conniption Navy Strength Gin – Honored by the World Gin Awards, highlighting a standout product.
  • American Craft Spirits Association’s Distillers Convention Awards:
    • Silver Medal: Conniption American Dry Gin
    • Bronze Medals: Damn Fine Coffee Liqueur and Conniption Navy Strength Gin
  • New York International Spirits Competition Accolades:
    • Silver Medals: Navy Gin and Chocolate Liqueur
  • Recent Awards for Conniption American Dry Gin:
    • 2022: 93 GOLD Medal at Tastings.com
    • 2022: Platinum Medal at Martini Competition
    • 2023: GOLD Medal Award Winner in Contemporary Gin

Durham Distillery Tour Information and Experience

Comprehensive 90-Minute Tour Experience

Durham Distillery offers a detailed 90-minute tour that provides an immersive look into the craft of spirit making.

Educational Tour in Central Durham

The tour educates visitors on the history, production, and ingredients of craft spirits, set in the heart of Central Durham.

Welcoming Arrival with Drinks

Participants receive a Gin and Tonic upon arrival and can choose a cocktail from the seasonal menu, with non-alcoholic options also available.

Accessibly Priced Distillery Tour

The tour is priced at £17.50 per participant, offering an accessible way to learn about distillation.

Hands-On Gin-Making Classes

For a deeper dive, gin-making classes are available starting at £85.00 per participant.

Cocktail Classes for Enthusiasts

Cocktail classes are offered at £35.00 per participant for those looking to enhance their mixology skills.

Private Events and Tailored Experiences

The distillery accommodates private events and experiences, providing flexibility for special occasions.

Contact for Private Events

Interested parties can contact the distillery for private events through a contact form on their website.

Gift Options: eGift Cards

eGift cards are available for gift-giving, with more experiences “Coming Soon.”

Shop in Durham City Centre

The distillery’s shop is located in Durham City Centre, with convenient opening hours.

Flask & Barrel Review of Durham Distillery

I’ve been on my fair share of distillery tours, but Durham Distillery really stands out. Right off the bat, the vibe of the place is a mix of old-school charm and modern chic, which is totally my jam.

The 90-minute tour kicked off with a bang – a crisp Gin and Tonic that was the perfect primer for what was to come.

As a whiskey collector, I’ve seen the gamut of distilleries, and I’ve got to say, the transparency here is refreshing. They’re not just about the show; they’re about the tell, too.

They walk you through the craft spirit-making process with such passion that you can’t help but be hooked on every word. And the choice of cocktail from their seasonal menu? Chef’s kiss! It’s clear these folks aren’t just riding the craft wave; they’re surfing it like pros.

The gin-making class was a highlight for me. It’s one thing to taste; it’s another to create. At £85.00, it’s a steal for the experience you get. And the cocktail class?

Let’s just say my home bar game is looking a lot stronger. For £35.00, learning to mix like a pro is worth every penny.

Now, I’m a whiskey guy through and through, but the way Durham Distillery embraces its local roots with Durham spring water and regional botanicals for their gin speaks volumes.

They’ve got this down-to-earth authenticity that’s as rare as a limited-edition single malt.

The only thing keeping this from a full 5/5 is that I’m holding out for their whiskey offerings. The tour teased my palate, and I’m eager to see if they can bring the same level of craftsmanship to whiskey as they do to their gin and cocktails. 

Until then, it’s a solid 4.7 for me. If you’re in Durham, don’t walk – run to this distillery. Whether you’re a collector or a casual sipper, there’s something here that’ll catch your fancy.

What To Do Nearby Durham Distillery

Museum of Life + Science

This museum is a top choice for science enthusiasts and families, offering interactive exhibits and outdoor activities to engage visitors of all ages, located 5.7 miles from Durham Distillery.

Durham Performing Arts Center

A mere 6.5 miles away, this venue hosts a variety of performances, from Broadway shows to concerts, providing a cultured evening out for theater-goers.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

For those looking to unwind in nature, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens are a peaceful retreat. Spanning 55 acres, these gardens provide a lush landscape of thematic gardens and peaceful walkways, perfect for a serene afternoon and located conveniently in the heart of Durham.

Eno River State Park

Adventure seekers can head northwest on the Durham Freeway to Eno River State Park, which offers nearly 30 miles of scenic trails for hiking, picnicking, and wildlife observation.

Local Museums and Shopping

Explore Durham’s rich history and culture at Beamish Museum or admire the stunning architecture of Durham Cathedral. For shopping enthusiasts, Dalton Park offers a variety of retail options. The Gala Theatre also offers a mix of performances and films for entertainment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What restaurants are near Durham Distillery?

Fat Hippo Durham: It has a rating of 4.4 stars on Google Maps.
For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441913709699. Their address is 36 Saddler St, Durham DH1 3NU, United Kingdom. 

The Cellar Door: It has a rating of 4.4 stars on Google Maps.
For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441913831856. Their address is 41 Saddler St, Durham DH1 3NU, United Kingdom. 

Bella Mamma Italian Restaurant: It has a rating of 4.5 stars on Google Maps.
For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441913709922. Their address is Nevilles Cross Complex, Darlington Rd, Durham DH1 4JX, United Kingdom. 

What hotels are near Durham Distillery?

Ramside Hall Hotel: It has a rating of 4.3 stars on Google Maps.
For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441913865282. Their address is Ramside Hall, Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD, United Kingdom. 

OYO The Townhouse: It has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google Maps.
For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441913592440. Their address is 34 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HN, United Kingdom. 

Bowburn Hall Hotel: It has a rating of 4.3 stars on Google Maps.
For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441913770311. Their address is Bowburn, Durham DH6 5NH, United Kingdom.